Australia Victoria - Falls Creek

ride guide


The mountain terrain is a mix of very easy, gentle cruisers and some sharp if sometimes short steep runs. A great quality of Falls Creek is its reliability for snow cover, underpinned by an extensive snowmaking system.

Who does it suit? Beginner 17%, intermediate 60%, advanced/expert 23%

Who does it really suit? Excellent beginner terrain, abundant intermediate cruising and some challenges and adventures for better skiers/boarders.

Soft spots: There’s no shortage of beginner terrain, although the configuration of Falls Creek is such that you need to ride a lift (Falls Express quad) to get to access it. Cast that negative aside though and Falls Creek rates very highly as an encourager for developing skiers and boarders, especially on panoramic runs above the lake leading to the Drover’s Dream chair. Beginners can also ride the long and winding Wombat’s Ramble – over two kilometres of green terrain.

Cruisers: Snow quality is as important as quantity when it comes to cruisers and because Falls Creek’s Sun Valley slopes – from the Drover’s Dream chair all the way across to the Ruined Castle chair – are south facing, the quality generally endures and the quantity certainly does. Great cruisers include Big Dipper or Ruined Castle and the likes of Highway 83. If you want to delay your morning excursion to the Sun Valley slopes, then ride the Summit Chair and ski Skyline along the ridge and then the Village run back to that chair – this run is often beautifully groomed and is an underrated morning special.

Adventure: The Maze is one of Australia’s best adventure areas. It is rated black more for the difficulty of the exit than the overall pitch of the terrain, but this is Australian skiing at its very best – big powder bowls at the top and trails winding through the snow gums as you descend. For kids, Fox Trail beneath the Drover’s Dream chair is an adventurer’s delight, complete with jumps and banked corners on a winding path through the snow gums.

Holy mackerel: Off the Summit Chair, Cabbage Patch which runs between The Slot and Après Vous is a powder trap, with a nice steep pitch overall and a sequence of natural drops that can be linked together to make a very challenging run. Falls Creek is so well groomed now that this one also stands out because the groomers don’t go there. Some of the terrain on Mt McKay, particularly the southern slopes, also fits the holy mackerel category.

Gear: The lift company-owned Falls Creek Sports dominates hire and retail and provide a generally good service. For tuning, try their outlets in the Village Bowl or Gebi’s. Yogi’s in the Hub is another option.

JIM DARBY

 

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There's a lot to like about ski lifts, and the people who make them.

Life is full of ironies. The Alps got the snow and Russia got the Olympics.

Meet the fashion victims; a whole winter world of them.